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Welcome back to my sim of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2020 season! Our week was solid, winning both series we played against the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers and beating two former Blue Jays in Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris! We’ve won 3 series in a row now, including a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers last week. Here’s the full episode available on the GM Games channel on YouTube!
Here are the cumulative pitching stats for the Blue Jays. Notice that Nate Pearson continues to pitch well in his major league debut, throwing six scoreless innings against the Mariners, striking out seven. Ryu is also pitching well, with an 8 2/3-inning performance, allowing just one run against the Tigers.
On the hitting side, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are both red hot and producing really well. Randal Grichuk and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. both continue to hit well and the Jays hold a two-game lead on the second Wild Card spot right now.
In Buffalo, the Bisons are 24-38 and are in last in their division. It’s not going to be a good year for the Bisons. Even developmentally, most of the pitchers are guys who have pitched in the majors like Pannone, Zeuch and others while the hitters have a lot of fringe major leaguers like Jonathan Davis, Anthony Alford, Patrick Kivlehan, Andy Burns and Caleb Joseph. Of the players with more upside, Thomas Hatch has gone down with a season-ending injury after he had really shown some promise since his promotion to Triple-A.
The Fisher Cats are 27-35 and are in second-last place in their division in the Eastern League. That said, there are a few bright spots like Alejandro Kirk, who is quietly leading the team in OPS. There are a couple of solid hitters including Joshua Palacios, although several players who needed to take a step forward (like Demi Orimoloye) are not producing well in Double-A. On the mound, the only real standout right now is Joey Murray.
The Dunedin Blue Jays are 31-32 and in second place in their division and still have a couple of younger guys leading the way offensively. Samad Taylor and Chavez Young, both in their second year with Dunedin, are trying to get to Double-A and it could happen soon, particularly for Taylor. On the mound, Alek Manoah is pretty inconsistent while Simeon Woods Richardson has been gaining some momentum. Elvis Luciano has been strong in Dunedin since he was demoted from New Hampshire, so that’s also encouraging.
In Lansing, the Lugnuts have slid into second place in their division and are 3 1/2 games behind the leader. Cameron Eden has gone on the IL and the offensive leaders are second-year draftees like Tanner Morris and LJ Talley while Jesus Lopez continues to swing a hot bat. Adam Kloffenstein, the club’s top pitching prospect has been inconsistent but Josh Hiatt has been solid as the closer.
Finally, we’ve started the Dominican Summer League and the club is 6-6, in third place in their division. The top prospects, Rikelvin de Castro and Estiven Machado haven’t done much in their limited time with the club but we’ll be watching them closely.
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